Recently I watched Steve Wick complete a 30-Day Blogging Challenge. I was impressed with his consistency, reflection, and the ideas he was sharing for the world to see. I reached out to see if he would answer a few questions and thankfully he said “Yes”. You can find all thirty posts here. Here’s my “Golden Line” from his interview.
“I try to model being a lifelong learner. Part of this is the philosophy that the more you share the more you learn.” - Steve Wick
Tell me a little about yourself and the reasons you write online.
I try to model being a lifelong learner. Part of this is the philosophy that the more you share the more you learn. I believe that most of the best learning happens when we are collaborating, creating, and sharing. I write online to model this philosophy. It can also be a reflective process that leads me to new ideas and new questions.
What inspired you to tackle a Thirty-Day Blogging Challenge?
This is a tough time of year for many educators and students. Sometimes I think we get too focused on the “end” of the year. Learning sometimes suffers in the rush to the finish line. I decided to do an April 30-day challenge to remind both myself and hopefully others that learning doesn’t need to have a finish line. I also wanted to bring some new ideas/resources into my classroom and inspire others to do the same.
What were your takeaways from completing this challenge (nice job by the way)?
It was harder than I expected. Not the learning part, but the time it took. Many days I would find myself on my 3rd or 4th post as I realized my explorations were not taking me anywhere useful.
It was a great learning experience overall and I think it will help both my students and finish the year on a positive note.
Who are some of the education writers that inspire you?
- Eric Curts
- Matt Miller
- George Couros
- Caitlin Tucker
- Richard Byrne
- Will Richardson
- John Spencer
- Jennifer Gonzalez
Anything else you’d like to say?
I hope that someone somewhere found something valuable to help a learner.
Steve Wick's 30-day blogging challenge served as a reminder that learning doesn't need to have a finish line, and that reflection and collaboration are key to growth and development. By sharing his experiences and ideas online, Wick models the philosophy of being a lifelong learner and inspires others to do the same. As educators, we can benefit greatly from taking the time to reflect on our own practices and share our insights with others. Writing and personal reflection can help us develop new ideas, deepen our understanding of our students' needs, and ultimately improve student outcomes.
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